A Practical Step Toward an Ideal Dream

Scholarship Entrant: Molly from Tallahassee, Florida
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Molly: 110

Kahlil Gibran once said, “Work is love made visible.” We are often told by parents, by teachers, by everyone around us, that the things we really love, unless they fall into a few specific categories, will not earn us a living. They tell us we must be practical first and do what we love second. I was never content with this answer. As Gibran urged, work is useless unless our passion, our love is behind it. So with this inspiration pushing me forward, I decided to pursue my own passion of writing and philosophy. Since the moment I made the decision, I endured joke after endless joke of my “future in waiting tables”, but I refuse to be deterred. We live in a world where the skills of writing and logical thought are severely undervalued. We are an “in the moment” society that does not give a thought to why we act the way that we do and what the consequences of our actions will be. By pursuing philosophy and English as degrees, I can change the world by becoming a teacher, by guiding students to examine themselves and their values, encouraging them to wonder, to question, to think. I am pursuing the work I love most. I will do what I can to change the world. My goals have been set to make my dream a reality.

Vote for Molly: 110

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